The Fallout 4 theme is haunting and awesome
Bethesda’s Fallout 4 is easily one of the most anticipated games of the year – maybe of the last few years – so there’s a fair amount of pressure for the developer to get it right. That means all aspects of the game need to be shown love, including the music. Maybe even especially the music.
For Fallout 4, Bethesda turned to TV, movie, and game composer Inon Zur.
Zur has had a long history making music for entertainment properties, but he’s best known for his work in gaming – including Dragon Age II, Dragon Age: Origins, and Fallout 3 to name a few. He recently completed work on Fallout 4, and you can hear the opening theme below.
Along with the theme, Bethesda also posted an article discussing the process behind making the score, including Zur’s process.
“I walk in my garden and basically hammer on things,” Zur said. “I cruelly exploit the piano by hitting the strings with open hands and even biting the strings.”
According to Zur, creating the score for Fallout 4 was a little different than other games, even the previous Fallout. Zur believes that Fallout 4 is more of a personal journey. What does that mean? Who knows. It’s tough to claim a game is a personal journey when the bulk of your time will be spent shooting mutants in the face. Zur believes it though, which influenced the score.
As for the theme, Zur played it on piano for the video below, but despite how awesome it is, he worried that it was a little too bright. For the final version, he augmented it with other instruments.
“[I] created a combination between a real piano and an electric piano sound. A sound that is really round and not bright at all but very lush.” Said Zur. “So following that lead on, there are multiple times that I use this. You also hear it first in the main theme. This is not a mistake or just a random choice. The piano will stay with us throughout the whole score.”
Check it out below, and look for Fallout 4 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 10.